SONIC AND SEGA ALL-STARS RACE FOR VICTORY IN A HIGH SPEED HIGH SKILL RACETRACK SHOWDOWN! TAKE TO THE TRACK BY CAR, MONSTER TRUCK, BIKE AND EVEN AEROPLANE IN SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING. Explore stunning new circuits including Sonic Seaside Hill, Curien Mansion and Blizzard Castle as you zip around medieval castle ramparts, hurtle...
User reviews: Very Positive (210 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 3, 2010

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Includes 17 items: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast™, Sonic Adventure 2, SONIC ADVENTURE 2: BATTLE, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic & Outrun DLC, Sonic CD, Sonic Generations, Sonic Generations - Casino Nights DLC, Sonic Spinball™, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II

 

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SONIC AND SEGA ALL-STARS RACE FOR VICTORY IN A HIGH SPEED HIGH SKILL RACETRACK SHOWDOWN!
TAKE TO THE TRACK BY CAR, MONSTER TRUCK, BIKE AND EVEN AEROPLANE IN SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING.
Explore stunning new circuits including Sonic Seaside Hill, Curien Mansion and Blizzard Castle as you zip around medieval castle ramparts, hurtle under lush rain forest canopies and tear through bustling city scapes in a frantic race to the finish line. Jostle against a selection of 20 challengers including Super Monkey Ball’s Ai Ai, Amigo from Samba and the evil Dr. Eggman in your unique character vehicle. Stay ahead of the pack by dodging traps and launching outrageous character moves such as the invincible Super Sonic, Banana Blitz assault of monkey balls or Tails wild Tornado - set to throw any vehicle clean in the air! But if you’ve been battered, beaten and broken, it’s not over yet! Super-charge your vehicle with power-ups to get back in the race and be sure to stay alert for the secret short-cuts that will give you the edge to victory.
  • Party Racing Fun - Battle it out in single player, challenge your friends in 4 player split-screen for the ultimate track racing showdown!
  • All Your Favorite Racers - Choose from 20 different characters from the Sonic & SEGA universe including Sonic, Tails, Aiai and Amigo.
  • High Velocity Vehicles - Every character drives their own unique vehicle including sports cars, bikes, planes and even a giant banana to perform bespoke special man-oeuvres!
  • All-Star Moves - Need to get by a competitor? Can’t overtake a racer? Then take them out with a pick-up weapon (missiles, mines and other obstacles) or one of the 20 unique character moves that allows the recipient to know who just hit them!
  • Stunning Visuals - Race over medieval castle ramparts, under lush rain forest canopies and through bustling city scapes as you battle through 27 challenging tracks from the Sonic and SEGA Universe.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista. (if running Windows Vista SP1 is recommended)
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4/Athlon 64 3000+ or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 1GB RAM (2GB on Vista)
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 256 MB RAM (NVIDIA 7600 or better, ATI X1300 or better)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or better
    • Memory: 1.5GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon HD 3800 series with 512 MB of VRAM or better
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a combat 'cart' style racer that has you racing as Sonic, his friends and plenty of others from Sega's franchises. There are 24 tracks to race around in 5 grand prix of 4 races each. On top of that there is a mission mode that has a variety of 64 challenges. There is NO ONLINE MULTIPLAYER, but there is split screen multiplayer The game is fun, but it feels inferior yet similar to the follow up, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. On top of that, a lot of the tracks are wide and vacant with no sort of precision needed to navigate them. Each track is inspired by what feel like six games. Sonic, Samba de Amigo, Jet Set Radio, Billy Hatcher, House of the Dead, and Super Monkey Ball. Out of 24 tracks, there aren't that many memorable ones. Mostly because every track is just feels like a road. Most tracks have jumps, some have giant loops and the Super Monkey Ball tracks have plenty of 90 degree turns.

The gameplay is simple, you steer your vehicle and pull a trigger to accelerate. When you go into turns, you can drift by holding the other trigger and navigating your way through. If you drift long enough, you'll get a boost coming out of the drift. The longer you hold the drift, the bigger the boost. Its a great, easy to use system, but the tracks are always so wide that you can drift in a straight away to get boosts. There are purple arrows that will automatically boost you, but they're pretty rare. If that wasn't enough, you can pull the drift trigger when flying through the air to do a trick and get a boost when you land. Other than for a boost, there's no practical use for tricks. Each trick feels like it takes too long to be effective. Plus, with all of the drift boosts, the trick boosts are overshadowed.

Like all combat games, you'll drive through weapon jars that will give you a random weapon from a wide variety. There is a boxing glove that stuns an enemy. A homing missile that locks onto whomever you target. A simple bubble shield to protect you. Giant rolling bombs that explode and do a radius effect. A star that you can lock onto an enemy and their view will be upside-down. Traffic cones that you can put down as obstacles. Standard boosts and many more items. Even after 4 hours of playing, I still have no idea what some of the weapons do. There is even an All-Star that is specific to each character. It is a good way to get to the head of the pack while decimating other drivers along the way.

The combat doesn't feel like it wins most races. Skilled players will always find themselves at the front. Although tougher courses with hairpin turns can be balanced by weapons. Very rarely will a last place player get an item that brings them to the front of the pack.

The game has several drivers, mostly from Sonic games and Dreamcast games, each with their own stats. To balance the drivers, they all have an equal total of stat points. The stars are put into speed, acceleration, handling and turbo-boost. You'll need to put strategies into each driver accordingly. Dr. Eggman has maximum boost and speed, but little handling and acceleration, so you really need to drift to get your boost or you'll be last in line. Each driver has their own vehicle. Some drive cars, and others like Alex Kidd and Shadow drive motorcycles. Dr. Eggman drives a monster trucks and so on. Tails drive a plane. He doesn't fly it, he drives it. That feels like a let down, but Tails has always had a plane. Every mission and Grand Prix that you complete gets you these 'miles' which you use to unlock new drivers. After unlocking all the drivers, you can unlock the tracks for time trials even though they're already in the grand prix.

The 64 missions are very quick, but fun to play. Most of them are around a minute. The game assigns you a driver. It offers a nice variety. Things like collecting rings, or killing enemies to boss battles against other drivers and straight up races. As you do each mission, you are graded. If you get an A grade at the end and accomplish the mission, you'll unlock the next mission or so. Its a nice system. I'm happy the developer put in the missions, but each mission feels quick. In fact the tracks themselves feel quick, short and small. Each lap is about a minute, which is the right amount of time to not get bored of a track before its over. The follow up Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed featured tracks that would drastically change between laps. This game doesn't. Its the same three laps. While that might be the status quo for every racing game, they could have done more.

Frame rate drops seemed to be quiet common in each race. Nothing game breaking, just a few times each race. Even when I lowered graphics settings and my PC is well over the recommended PC specifications. Yet with Racing Transformed, I don't have these problems. It is odd, but I'll chalk it up to this game being 3 years older than the other.

Another low point is the announcer. He's quite predominant and eventually I grew tired of him 5 hours in. He's always there. Not to mention the music. There needed to be more variety for me. Each track should have its own theme. Some of the music got old fast. A lot of the tracks also shared the same environmental feel to them. They weren't the same layout, but the same environment, like three tracks in a casino. I suppose 3 tracks of the same theme is forgivable when there are 24 tracks. I'd rather have more tracks with less environments than less tracks.

In all, its a fun game. However, I simply can't recommend it compared to the later version. Yet I can always tell people go buy Sonic 1, 2 & 3. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a great starting point for any combat racer, yet the follow up is just so much better. Dynamically changing levels, you pilot boats and fly planes instead of simply racing land vehicles. If you only have $10 and will never ever be able to get the $20 needed to buy Sonic & All-Stars Racing, then please buy this game. It fills a car combat niche that Steam is sorely lacking.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
THIS VERSION VS TRANSFORMED-VERSION
Firstly, let me say if you are only interested in a SINGLE-PLAYER experience, then get this game and SKIP TRANSFORMED. This game is far superiour in many other aspects: character models, map design and layout, and music/sound design. If you are torn between THIS VERSION or TRANSFORMED, start with this one--it's a great game and you will not be disappointed. I have played Transformed on two other platforms so I can stand by this review. That being said, if you want multiplayer, get Transformed.

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Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing REVIEW

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a brilliant kart racer and nearly as good as any MARIO KART racer. It's the only Kart Racer that I keep coming back to (e.g., I have purchased this game on three different platforms). This game is bug-free (as of 11-1-2014) and runs beautifully on my gaming laptop.

Pros
+ Creative, fun, and colorful course designs (the underwater ancient ruins is a particular fav of mine)
+ Addictive and catchy music
+ Stellar character models and animation
+ Unique and varied voice acting
+ Infinite replayability and variety
+ Seamless controller support
+ Several difficulty settings to maintain challenge over-time
+ Local multiplayer

Cons
- No online multiplayer support

If you are a fan of Kart Racers, than this game is a must-buy!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
You can see there was a lot of effort put in the PC port because instead of having laggy online play like in the console version there is no online mode at all
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Still, No Multiplayer Online.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
this is a very good game and i do recomend it but i will say that i does have some problems
also i recomend that you get sonic and sega all stars racing transformd because it is a much better experionce it fixes mast of the problems i have with this game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It's a decent Kart racer. But the sequel is better in every way possible,
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
NO just NO
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Better than Mario Kart 8.
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Terrible Game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
A very under-rated Sonic game! It has some things that it lacks from Transformed, like Online MP and obviously transformations, but I think this game is still worth picking up! I just think things like the music is better here. You can buy multiple music tracks for one racing track which is great.

Worth picking up if it's like 5€ or something. It has pretty good singleplayer, but if you are mainly going to play multiplayer, then transformed is going to be better for you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Good, is fun would reccomend.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Really really good kart racing, and a great port to PC.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Acceptable port (it even runs on my older low-end PC), however, the removal of the online play feature takes a large amount of replayability out of the game. Also, local multiplayer only seems to recognize one controller for me, (I've been informed that this is possibly due to requiring xinput controllers). The game itself is fun and enjoyable, and it definitely fares very well against similar mascot racers such as the Mario Kart series, but this version is just not as good as the console versions due to cut features. I'm kinda glad I got it cheaper on sale to be honest.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I immediately regret buying this game for $10.

My wife and I have put over 60 hours into the sequel, All-Star Racing Transformed. And even though the sequel has glitches, this game... everything is just terrible and generic. The announcer's voice is something out of America's Funniest Home Videos and yet less interesting. The controls are kludgey. The experience system is poor compared to the sequel. Everything feels fuzzy and hard to see... like you're playing it on a Dreamcast over composite video on a piece of junk television from the 80's.

After playing the sequel first and just "wishing for more levels" I thought this would at least be close. No... apparently they got really good with that sequel because this version sucks.

And they get absolutely zero respect from me for automatically crashing on launch if your audio driver is set to anything above 48 KHz. (Welcome to the future.)

I am so glad I tried the sequel first. If I had tried this one first, I would have been so disappointed I never would have given the sequel a chance. Buy that one. Buy it now.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Can only use a controller or the arrow keys to type your name.
Contains plagurized work from deviantart, didn't even bother to patch it out
big the cat
no banjo kazooie for the pc port
11/10
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing isn't a bad game in its own right. It's a competent enough Mario Kart clone, but there's nothing exceptional about it. The course design is decently pretty, the music is good, the voices and sound effects significantly less so but they're passable. There's a godawful commentator which, thankfully, can be turned off. The problem with All-Stars Racing is that, compared to All-Stars Racing Transformed, it just feels lacking. The controls aren't as tight, the courses aren't as well designed, the character selection isn't as good, the weapon balance is infinitely worse, the AI is substantially less fair. The all-star powerup is absolutely broken, it is absurdly overpowered. Unfortunately Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing copying of Mario Kart extends all the way to including all of Mario Kart's flaws. Where All-Stars Racing Transformed is flawless in almost every possible respect, this game is just decent, and while it's worth throwing a few hours at if you pick it up in the Sonic Hits Collection, I can't recommend it on its own. Also the PC port is fairly poor, with minimal graphics settings including no settings for anti-aliasing and anistropic filtering, and all options that do exist are in a separate program rather than the main game, which is frustrating. Optimization is also fairly poor.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
the options on this game suck. you can't change anything. and good luck figuring out what the 3 other players are going to use to control their cars.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Aside from having a couple characters that have yet to appear in Transformed (Robo & Mobo, Zobio & Zombiko, Billy Hatcher, etc...), this game is made virtually obsolete by its sequel Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed which has online and considerably more characters.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
This game is to Mario Kart what the original Sonic was to Mario... Nowhere near as good.
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
If you love racing games, in perticular the mario kart style, then this is perfect for you! I love kart racing games and ive enjoyed this one plenty! easy to play and its quite exilerating as well!! im so happy i bought it!
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